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Things to see and do at Tattershall Castle

An adult and child touching a large fireplace which is almost taller than them at Tattershall Castle
Visitors exploring at Tattershall Castle | © National Trust Images/Paul Harris

A history as rich, varied and long as Tattershall Castle almost guarantees that there will be plenty for you to see and do. From medieval structures and castle battlements through to incredible wildlife in the grounds - discover what awaits you.

Exploring the Great Tower

The magnificent 15th century Great Tower is one of the first of its kind in England. Constructed mid-1400's, the tower has all the features you'd expect to see in a typical castle, but with ornate windows, looming fireplaces and vast chambers, it was clearly built for luxury and comfort.

While you are exploring the Great Tower, you will find out the true nature of the past here and see how influential Lord Cromwell's estate really was. Make surprising discoveries of your own in these ancient chambers which delve into the themes of power and control in a medieval world.

Spot Lord Cromwell's symbol

Ralph Cromwell was the Lord treasurer to King Henry VI for 10 years. Cromwell didn't want anybody to forget his privileged position, so he plastered the picture of his purse all over the beautifully decorated fireplaces. Spot as many as you can.  

Journey through time by the windows

After 200 years of neglect, Lord Curzon of Kedleston replaced the missing window panes with colourful stained glass. Follow the timeline of crests symbolising the previous owners of the castle all the way from Eudo, the first to build a settlement here, up to Lord Curzon himself.

Sunlight illuminating a heraldic stained glass window at Tattershall Castle, Lincolnshire
Sunlight illuminating a heraldic stained glass window at Tattershall Castle, Lincolnshire | © National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra

Patrol the battlements

The castle was built on the flat Lincolnshire Fens. Walk along the battlements and gaze over a distance of nearly 20 miles. Which local landmarks will you spot on the horizon? It is well worth the climb up the Great Tower.

Admire the priceless Flemish tapestries

These 17th century tapestries are hung safely on the second floor of the Great Tower. They were purchased by Lord Curzon in Munich, Germany, for £1,160 – a vast sum back then.  

Spot historical graffiti

Inside the Great Tower is a vast number of historic graffiti winding up the staircase and spreading out into most of the corridors and rooms. Take a closer look and find all sorts of images, doodles, names and dates. Some graffito are from over 400 years ago and beautifully engraved. To give you a helping hand at finding the best graffiti, pick up a spotters leaflet from the Great Tower parlour chamber.

A close up of graffiti carved into the stonework at Tattershall Castle
Graffiti in the stonework at Tattershall Castle | © National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra
Sunlight illuminating a heraldic stained glass window at Tattershall Castle, Lincolnshire

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